Keeping Your Dog Safe In The Summer Heat

By | 2017-06-14T18:08:40+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. It’s that time of year again! The temperature is soaring as the sun bears down on Austin, Texas. Despite the heat, many people want to take their dog outdoors for some quality exercise like hiking, walking, or running. Here’s how you [...]

The 5 Cues Every Dog Should Know

By | 2017-05-25T11:06:07+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott We’ve talked about tricks, easy training tips, and teaching your dog sports, but today we’re going to discuss cues that are essential to your dog’s safety and well being. Understanding and quickly answering these cues can sometimes be the difference between [...]

My Dog Had Puppies, What Do I Do?

By | 2017-06-02T10:18:07+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, & Amanda Ott DogBoy’s clients know that unless you are a reputable breeder, your dog shouldn’t be having puppies. Instead, they should be spayed or neutered. There are too many dogs dying in shelters and on the streets across the country, and we should [...]

How To Spot And Report Pet Abuse

By | 2017-07-07T12:24:22+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott We wish every dog could have a peaceful life with loving owners, but the unfortunate reality is that many dogs are neglected, ignored, and outright abused. We all have to be on alert for potential signs of abuse and know how [...]

The 5 Worst Dog Collars And Harnesses

By | 2017-04-20T18:22:46+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP In the past, we’ve discussed the dangers of retractable leashes, and why we hate choke chains. And today, we want to share our list of the absolute worst collars and harnesses. The list ranges from aversive tools no one should EVER use, to ineffective equipment owners should [...]

How To Make Sure Kids And Dogs Play Safe

By | 2017-07-07T12:43:47+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP As much as we love them, our kids and our dogs don’t always get along. It’s one thing to teach your child how to play with other children, and another thing entirely to teach them how to treat and safely play with a canine! Of course, many [...]

Are Rawhide Bones Safe For My Dog To Eat?

By | 2017-03-08T13:20:41+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Dog Behavior, dog feeding, Dog Food, Dog Safety, dog toys, Dog Wellness|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Rawhides are one of the most popular dog treats on the market. You can find them in all the big-box pet stores, and many other pet-supply shops. Naturally, tons of owners assume this means these bones are completely harmless. Unfortunately, this isn’t the [...]

Debunking Dog Myths: Are Pit Bulls Dangerous?

By | 2017-03-06T01:49:39+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Dog Behavior, dog boarding, dog breeds, Dog Safety, Dog Training, Dog Wellness, reactive dogs|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Pit Bulls have more controversy surrounding them than any other dog breed. “Pit Bull” is actually an umbrella term that refers to a group of distinct breeds who share similar traits and characteristics. These breeds include: American Staffordshire Terrier American Pit Bull Terrier [...]

When and How To Properly Use A Muzzle On Your Dog

By | 2017-02-20T02:42:00+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Dog Behavior, dog boarding, Dog Safety, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Muzzles have become a bit controversial, and present a sort of appearance problem for dog owners. Many people assume they’re reserved specifically for reactive dogs who present a danger or bite risk to other dogs and people around them. In reality, THIS IS [...]

Can My Dog Sleep On The Bed?

By | 2017-02-16T17:22:07+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX, Dog Wellness|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP So many people tell us about how their dog sleeps in the bed with them. But is it okay? Surprisingly, this is not as simple a question as it may seem. For many, it feels natural and comforting to let their canine companion [...]